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Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?

      As the COVID-19–related mortality rate of nursing home residents continues to rise, so too will the rates of mortality and morbidity of staff who care for them,
      • McMichael T.M.
      • Currie D.W.
      • Clark S.
      • et al.
      Epidemiology of Covid-19 in a long-term care facility in King County, Washington.
      a problem we must address now to avoid another health care crisis once this pandemic recedes. Currently, a significant proportion of deaths are attributed to persons living in nursing homes, ranging from 42% to 57% in European countries reporting data,
      • Comas-Herrera A.
      • Zalakaín J.
      • Litwin C.
      • et al.
      Mortality associated with COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes: Early international evidence. International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE 2020.
      to as high as 82% in several U.S. states and in Canada.
      • Comas-Herrera A.
      • Zalakaín J.
      • Litwin C.
      • et al.
      Mortality associated with COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes: Early international evidence. International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE 2020.
      ,
      • Yourish K.
      • Lai K.K.R.
      • Ivory D.
      • et al.
      One-third of all U.S. coronavirus deaths are nursing home residents or workers. The New York Times.
      However, there is a concern that many countries are not including nursing home deaths in the death toll. Although not reported globally, experts predict most health care workers who will die from COVID-19 are nursing staff (nurses and nursing assistants) working in nursing homes.
      • McMichael T.M.
      • Currie D.W.
      • Clark S.
      • et al.
      Epidemiology of Covid-19 in a long-term care facility in King County, Washington.
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